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Who Knew Jury Duty Would Open My Eyes?

While everyone else was returning to their offices after the New Years break, I was reporting for duty to the Worcester court house for jury duty.

I was called last year at this time and postponed it a year since I was just starting out on the book tour for Content Rules and didn’t want to run the risk of being sat on a jury and having to cancel dates.

I’ve been called one other time in the past and got sat on a jury that go around, but at the last minute the trial was canceled. This time around I wasn’t so lucky and for the past two weeks have been serving on a civil case in Massachusettes Superior Court and the process has been eye opening on multiple levels.

I was fascinated by the whole process and I’m more than happy to do my civic duty and serve. I firmly believe that we should each make a point to proudly serve on juries and vote. Those are two cornerstones of our rights as Americans and we shouldn’t bitch about either one of them. Yes, it was an inconvience and I even had to cancel a trip because of it, but I was glad to do it.

The interesting side effect that I wasn’t ready for was because we had to keep our phones off while in session and commuting each day I wasn’t as engaged on all the different social channels as I usually am. Instead of having a constant flow of e-mail, I was only checking it three times a day. I’d watch the news in the morning to be updated on the world around me, but didn’t have the constant flow of information that I was use to.

And guess what?

I loved it.

I don’t like having lost the first two weeks of the year. I hated not working on my new book and missing some quality time with friends and potential business leads on my trip. But, it gave me time to clear my head and really take a good hard look at what I need and don’t need to be successful this year.

I’ve always been the guy to look for the silver lining and in this case I’ve certainly found it. My day-to-day habits are certainly going to change because of this.


As for the case (since everyone keeps asking), it was a civil case of some greedy parents looking for money that they didn’t deserve. After three years of lawyer fees and two weeks of trial we ruled against the plaintiff because it was that clear of a case to us. I wish the judge had allowed us to flip the decision and rule against the plaintiff and assign damages to cover the defendant’s lawyers fees. I’m still not sure how this ever went to trial.


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  • January 13, 2012

    Hey C.C., I started the year off with a weekend in the hospital.  Things are cool and I blogged about it at http://gspn.tv/hospital2012   

    It’s just amazing how much clarity we can have when we step outside of our busy lives. 😉

    Actually sounds like a great way to start the year!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • January 13, 2012

    We could all probably use  a little less “constant pull” in our lives.  Thank you for  serving so honorably, CC. Jury duty can be difficult, but I agree with you – it is a significant responsibility that we should not undertake lightly as citizens of this great country.

  • by BenRobbins
    January 13, 2012

    Great perspective

  • January 13, 2012

    Thank you for serving on the jury and speaking about it as a duty, not just an inconvenience! I have never been called for jury duty but I imagine it’s far too easy to paint it as a pain-in-the-you-know-what, which you certainly don’t do.

    I too have had to spend the first two weeks of the year relatively disconnected while on a school trip abroad. I almost wonder if this might be the basis for a new yearly routine: an early-January disconnect, reflection, and self-evaluation in anticipation of the year ahead. Being removed from the constant status updates, emails, and phone calls really shifts your perspective and makes thinking deeply MUCH easier, which is quite useful at this time of year.

    All the best for the weeks and months ahead!

  • by Molly
    January 13, 2012

    I spent 2 1/2 weeks in China in October.  I couldn’t figure out the whole VPN thing(I’m technically challenged) so I let my phone die and mostly packed my computer around for the limited email and Skype which only occurred about once a day.  Internet was really limited there.  No Facebook or Twitter the entire 2 1/2 weeks.  Like you, I loved it. 

    While I’m back to old habits, I am using all that stuff much less than I did before and amazed at how much I like being less connected.

    Being a lawyer I could wax on for days(just in general) about trials, juries and the legal system.  I’ve never had the opportunity to be a juror until this week.  I was put on call for Federal Jury duty.   My number didn’t come up for this week and yesterday I got a letter saying that due to construction they wouldn’t need me next week.  “Thank you for your service.”  What service??  I didn’t even step inside the courthouse!  I am disappointed and hoping that I’ll get called again some time.

  • by Jen Zingsheim
    January 19, 2012

    After reading this and Amber Naslund’s post about taking back our attention, I’m willing to predict that, at least in social media circles, 2012 is going to be the year we all reclaim balance in our screen time.

    I’m ready.

  • January 31, 2012

    Isn’t it fascinating what can make us realize what we need. Just because you can check email/twitter/facebook all day every day – doesn’t mean you should.

    I had to do Grand Jury a few years ago and THAT was awful. I had nightmares for months. Glad you had a decent case.

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Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write, because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and head shots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Samsung NX1 and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on InstagramFlickr and 500px.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of  audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s even more to know about C.C. Chapman, if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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